Your Hearing

Signs and Symptoms

For many people, it is difficult to notice the early signs of hearing loss, because we have a tendency to slowly adjust and compensate to the change. Often, others including friends and family become aware of our hearing loss before we do. By the time we realize what’s happening, our lives and ability to enjoy sounds have already been impaired.

Common Signs

The first step in treating hearing loss is by recognizing the most common signs.

Do you experience any of the following symptoms?

•    It sounds as though people are mumbling or speaking to you more softly than they used to.

•    You turn up the volume of the TV, radio or stereo above normal levels where others typically listen.

•    You can hear other people talk, but you have difficulty understanding the words.

•    You frequently ask people to repeat themselves.

•    You can’t hear the doorbell or telephone clearly.

•    Family and friends are suggesting you might have a hearing problem.

•    You find it difficult to hear women or children speak.

•    You often hear a ringing or buzzing in your ears.

•    You find it difficult to hear or understand other people after you leave a noisy room or area.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, don’t hesitate to call our office and make an appointment to have your hearing tested.


Types of Hearing Loss

Conductive Hearing Loss

Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound is not conducted efficiently through the outer and middle ears, including the ear canal, eardrum, and the tiny bones or ossicles of the middle ear. Conductive hearing loss usually involves a reduction in sound level, or the ability to hear faint sounds. This type of hearing loss can often be corrected through medicine or surgery.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear (cochlea) or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear (retrocochlear pathway of the acoustic nerves) to the brain. Sensorineural hearing loss not only involves a reduction in sound level, or ability to hear faint sounds, but also affects speech understanding or ability to hear clearly.

Central Auditory Processing Disorders

A central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) occurs when auditory centers of the brain are affected by injury, disease, tumor, heredity or unknown causes. CAPD does not necessarily involve (although it may) hearing loss. Central auditory processing involves sound localization and lateralization, auditory discrimination, auditory pattern recognition, the temporal aspects of the sounds, and the ability to deal with degraded and competing acoustic signals. Therefore, a deficiency in one or more of the above listed behaviors may constitute a central auditory processing disorder. CAPD is often associated with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Preventing Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Noise-induced hearing loss can result from a single loud noise such as a firecracker or gunshot. Hearing loss can also result from prolonged exposure to noise over a period of time. It occurs gradually and painlessly. The best way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss is to take care of your hearing by protecting your ears from loud sounds.

We should not be exposed to 90 decibels (dB) of sound for longer than eight hours a day. For every 5 dB increase in volume, the maximum recommended exposure time is cut in half. Here are some examples of sound represented in decibels:

As you can see, there are many everyday sounds that can cause noise-induced hearing loss. Here are some simple things you can do to protect your hearing.

•    Wear earplugs when you’re exposed to loud noise at work or play.

•    Pay attention to the noises around you. Turn down the volume on radios, TVs and stereos when you can. Whenever possible, leave noisy environments.

•    Alternate a noisy activity with a quiet one to give your ears a rest.

Contact Us

Leonardi Hearing Center
16251 N. Cleveland Ave. #8
Corner of Littleton Road
North Fort Myers, FL 33903

Phone: 239-997-8288

Toll-Free: 866-332-0566

Fax: 239-997-8084

Email: leonardihearingcenter


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